Rafael Ramírez: We advocate the immediate cessation of the colonisation process in Palestine
The debate was chaired by Murray McCully, New Zealand’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General.
“One of the fundamental problems of the conflict is that political instability in the Middle Eastern region has been induced by opposing geopolitical interests and perspectives which, to achieve their own political or military ends, have financed, propped up and sustained the military operation of non-state armed groups that eventually become terrorist groups” indicated Ramírez.
He added that a solution for the situation of the Palestinian people is an essential element for moving forward in the process towards political stability that will bring peace and tranquillity to the region.
Ramírez highlighted that the territorial plunder of Palestine has been occurring for over 50 years and added that “From that time, the occupying force, Israel, has gone ahead with a permanent process of colonisation of the territory in the face of inaction by international community and in flagrant violation of international law, the United Nations Charter and the right to free self-determination that support the rights of Palestinians to an independent State, with the borders internationally recognised in 1967”.
Ramírez recalled the Israeli attack on Gaza one year ago, which cost the lives of 2220 people, among whom were 551 children, in addition to causing thousands of injuries and destroying homes.
The Venezuelan diplomat urged the Security Council to “agree on firm action in favour of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people over their territory” and advocated the inclusion of Palestine as a full member of United Nations.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"